Jake Virtanen’s gotten off to a red-hot start this season, scoring 8 goals though his first 20 games, earning a spot on the team’s top line with Elias Pettersson. Unfortunately, Virtanen’s strong play on that line has coincided with a dip in Petersson’s production. One could argue the regression was inevitable, but it’s led to questions about whether or not Virtanen limit’s Petersson’s effectiveness and if he should remain on that line when Brock Boeser returns. I’ve suggested Bo Horvat might be a better fit in the long-term, but what do you think? Where would you play Virtanen in a healthy lineup?
Last week I asked: Who would you like to see Pettersson play with at even-strength?
Swap Eriksson and Virtanen. Give Jake some top 6 time. He’s 3rd on our team in goals.
When Boeser is back I think they have to go back to Goldobin / Pettersson / Boeser, at least for a few games. They were absolute dynamite in the short time they spent together.
If everyone’s healthy, Goldobin / Pettersson / Boeser and Baertschi / Horvat and either Eriksson or Virtanen, depending on how each has been playing, makes the most sense. You can swap Boeser and Eriksson between the top two lines if there’s a need to balance out the offence / two-way play, but for the time being I want to see as much Pettersson and Boeser together as possible.
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